NewsForge: Red Hat Desktop Strategy: Semantics Have Been Part of the Messaging Problem
May 07, 2004, 19:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeremy Hogan)
"Much has been made in the press and on community sites about
Red Hat's ambivalence in the 'desktop' space. If you're reading
this, you may have written an article or two on it yourself. Or at
least flamed us in your blog.
"The most vocal detractors seem to agree that when Red Hat
dropped Red Hat Linux and retail boxed sets, we were in effect
reneging on our consumer desktop. I say 'consumer' desktop, because
the world has varying definitions for desktop; it's a commodity
term needing qualifiers such as 'corporate' or 'consumer.' We don't
expect those to be the same class of users any more than you'd
expect to find NT running as your gaming and entertainment
platform. Desktop also means KDE v. GNOME, or the beige thing on
your desk's top..."